Ain't I A Woman

Get to know Jamia Wilson



Jamia Wilson is the Vice President of Programs at the Women’s Media Center. She is also one of the co-organizers of Ain’t I A Woman and we are excited to give you a chance to get to know her better before the panel.

Don’t worry! We will bombarded her with more questions after the event as well. 

As the Vice President of Programs at the Women’s Media Center do you see that progressive media reform movements are moving towards an intersectionality framework?

While we have made some progress, we still have a long way to go in order to address the disparities in representation. We will not achieve equality without considering privilege, power, and history in a very intentional and meaningful way. I am hopeful that conversations like the one we will be engaging in at the Ain’t I A Woman event will ignite a fire in all of us to take action and raise our voices about the importance of the intersectional approach. The intersectional framework is crucial to our work to challenge a media climate that renders some of us invisible. There will be no justice when underrepresented groups are left out of the decision making process and denied access to the tools and resources they need to participate in making and engaging with media. I am blessed to be a part of an organization that is working to amplify the voices of diverse women in order to change the conversation.

Can you share with us some of your general thoughts on where we can expect the conversation to go with your panelists?

I can’t wait to speak with Latoya Peterson and Elizabeth Mendez Berry about race and pop-culture. I am interested in hearing about their vision, learning about their professional triumphs and challenges, and hearing their ideas about opportunities for transformation and transcendence. 

I also want to know their favorite hip-hop lyric mantra…mine is “How you gonna win if you ain’t right within” by Lauryn Hill.

What/who are some positive examples that you see of women in the pop culture that we can look to today?

I love Erykah Badu. Erykah Badu’s creative expression and presence remind me to keep my head held high, raise my voice, speak my truth, chill, and be my quirky brown self with pride and celebration. I am also extremely proud of Esperanza Spalding for winning the Best New Artist award this year. I read an interview a few years ago where Spaulding spoke about how women artists are sexualized the media and I hope that she will continue to raise her voice and utilize her platform to address this issue in the future.

What are you most excited about for the Monday gathering? 

I’m so excited for the communion of kindred spirits, the rejuvenation that comes with being in a healing sister-space, and all the new ideas that I will come away with that will help me be a better advocate and human being! I am also thrilled to dance to DJ Lobotomy’s grooves.

Meet The Designer…



While I’ve been enjoying the freedom of focusing on this event, my partner, Alexandra, miraculously found time in Los Angeles to sit down for an impromptu interview with our shirt designer, James Jensen. I imagine them sipping a bottle of Tecate in the sun while all of us on the East Coast are shivering! 

James is a close friend of ours and we are excited to say that he just got accepted into the San Franscisco Art Institute because his work is just that awesome. 

Thanks James for helping us out and learning about feminism at the same time!

Alexandra: Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why/Why not?
James: Women are awesome, so yes as much as a guy can be a feminist.
My side comment: … we need to work on this. More lessons when I return! 

Alexandra: How did you come to (or settle on) this design? 
James: This design was just the immediate image I thought of when Morgane told me about it and I like going with the immediate thought.

Alexandra: Why did you chose to go with text instead of a logo/image?
James: Campaigns that use simple bloc letters catch my eye more than complex images and I think having just text is powerful.

 
Alexandra: What has been your favorite t-shirt (or grassroots/street) campaign to work on?… other than Ain’t I A Woman, of course.  
James: My other favorite T-shirt campaign to work on was for Van Wastell for Vans shoes. R.I.P. Van.

 
Alexandra: What/who have had a big influences on you as an artist lately?
James: Anything with fun energy I like to look at. All of my friends work influences me.

Alexandra: Where can we find more of your work?
James: He left this part out. BUT you can check out his work at Falafel Raptor Photostream.

Shirts Ordered!

It’s official, Ain’t I A Woman t-shirts have been ordered and will be sold at the event. 

The shirts are all American Apparel white unisex an will have the text “Ain’t I A Woman” going down the right side. 

We only have a limited supply (40!), so let me know asap if you would like one. We will also have a form so that you may place orders if we run out. 

See you soon! 

- Morgane

**Special thanks to Neighborhoodies for working with my activist budget and James Jensen for being patient and designing this awesome shirts with me. You both are the ones making this happen!

Ain’t I A Woman comes to DUMBO!

Ain’t I A Woman: Women of Color Speak On Activism
April 11th, 2011, 6PM - 12AM 
Mixer 6PM ** Panel 7-9PM ** Party 9-12AM

Long after Sojourner Truth pondered the question - “Aint I A Woman?” we continue to face a white supremacist culture that undermines women of color, young women, undocumented immigrants, and the LGBTQ community. We’re convening this panel to ignite a discourse about the experiences of women of color in the feminist movement and beyond. On this night, six outstanding feminists and activists will go head-to-head to discuss race in the feminist movement today.

We know that the movements to eradicate racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and sexism are inextricably connected. We reject the silencing and subjugation of women of color and aim to create a safe and courageous space to raise our voices, confront tensions, celebrate our triumphs, create collective solutions and share our stories. Through this sharing, we can create a united front so that, instead of surviving through silence, there can be a dialogue on how to battle institutionalized oppression.

Speaking our truth is crucial to our survival. By gathering together and learning from our shared and individual tales of love and struggle, we will each emerge with new perspectives that will enable us to engender the change we envision for the world.

In the words of bell hooks, “There can be no feminist revolution without an end to racism, classism, ageism…”

Round One: Latoya Peterson, Founder of Racialicious 
Elizabeth Mendez Berry, Journalist

Round Two: Lori Adelman, Program Associate at International Women’s Health Coalition
Aimee Thorne-Thomsen, Reproductive Rights Activist

Round Three: Jessie Daniels, PhD, Author and Sociology Professor at Hunter College
Anna Holmes, Jezebel Founding Editor


Music by DJ Lobotomy Copter throughout the night,http://on.fb.me/gRnBsN

**$10 Suggested Donation (but no one turned away for lack of funds)
**We encourage live tweeting during the event using the hastag, #AIAW

** For more info, contact Morgane at refusethesilence@gmail.com with the subject line: “Ain’t I A Woman”

**For more information and tickets, visit: www.galapagosartspace.com